For Adults

Apollo 11 Anniversary


The year was 1969 and everybody who was anybody was mindful of the Apollo 11 astronauts and their journey to the unknown: Earth's Moon. The United States, along with many other countries all across the world, waited on pins and needles for Neil Armstrong to take his first step onto Earth's Moon. The fuse had been lit all the way back in Rice Stadium, Houston, Texas on September 12, 1962. President Kennedy valiantly proclaimed, in part, "We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard." When Neil Armstrong climbed down the ladder and planted his feet on the Moon, it was as if a collective sound of jubilant relief chimed across our Solar System.

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing is quickly approaching. If you’re like me, you’re excited to see what The Indianapolis Public Library has planned in recognition of the historic moon landing. Here’s a list of print materials, documentaries, movies, as well as upcoming programs for adults. #IndyPLAdults #moonlanding #apollo11 IndyPL_MontoyaB

One Giant Leap

The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon

Fishman, Charles

Read all about the numerous challenges that had to be solved in order to put a man on the Moon.

The Story of Apollo 11 and the Men on the Moon 50 Years Later

Turner, Myra Faye

Travel back in time and discover the history of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission.

Chasing the Moon

The People, the Politics, and the Promise That Launched America Into the Space Age

Stone, Robert

Compelling book written about the space race and how it shaped history and the future.

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Photo Gallery:

This photo gallery includes highlights from the official NASA Apollo 11 Image Gallery as well as some fascinating Space Artifacts & Toys from the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Click on a photo to read its caption.